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Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead [Blu-ray] (2009)

David Tennant , Michelle Ryan  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Tennant, Michelle Ryan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016821YI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,715 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • DTS HD, High Definition 1080i
  • Doctor Who Confidential: A 60-minute special that brings you behind the scenes

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Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead 2009 (BD)

David Tennant began his victory lap as the Tenth Doctor with this engaging special episode of Doctor Who, one of four from 2009 that brought his tenure as the Time Lord to a close, and the first to be shot in HD. Tennant's palpable energy and quirky charm are the engines that drive Planet of the Dead, and he's well-matched by Michelle (Bionic Woman) Ryan as his one-off companion, Lady Christina de Souza. The lady's chosen profession--jewel thief--launches the story when she attempts to evade the police on a tour bus occupied by the Doctor. As things of this nature often go in Doctor Who, the bus slips through a wormhole in time and space and winds up on the desert planet San Helios, which harbors both the industrious, fly-headed Tritovores and a species of stingray-like creatures with voracious appetites. The script by Russell T. Davies and Gareth Roberts (the first shared writing credit since Davies revived the series in 2005) makes fun references to all manner of desert-bound cinematic adventures, from Flight of the Phoenix to Pitch Black, and if there are a few too many well-worn moments to rank it among the best Tennant episodes (the psychic bus passenger is a bit convenient), the chemistry between Tennant and Ryan, as well as fine support by comic Lee Evans and Noma Dumezweni (returning as UNIT Captain Erisa Magambo from the Rose Tyler era) and the striking Dubai locations, should keep most Who fans entertained. The sole extra is an hour-long episode of Doctor Who Confidential that covers the special episode’s production and location filming. --Paul Gaita

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best, but Enjoyable July 28, 2009
Pardon me, I'm going to nit-pick for a second: not EVERYONE knows about the Doctor, just U.N.I.T and Torchwood, and they've always known about him. (He worked with U.N.I.T back in the 70's, when the Timelords exiled him to earth and he didn't have access to the TARDIS.)
Now that I've revealed my geekiness, I will say that I LOVE the new series even more than the classic series. This is not one of the best (and yes, "Blink" is one of the best ever), but it's enjoyable, nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Good Start to the HD Format November 3, 2009
BBC Video put out a ***** Star BR Disc
It's a Stand-Alone "Special" Episode That doesn't really Tie into any of the Previous Seasons
Which in a way can be a good thing to lure new viewers into The Doctor Who Universe

It's Doctor Who in HD!!!!!

The PQ is @ The top of the List (I think it was shot in HD to begin with)
It just looks so Slick and at times close to 3D
The Audio also being in DTS makes it a must have
My Only major problem with the BR is Lack of any extras on the Disc
(BBC Could have went crazy and gave Fans allot of extras Like They did with the Recent RED DWARF BR Set)

The Episode is very good with Michelle Ryan starring opposite The one and only David Tennant

If u have a BR Player / Doctor Who Fan it's a Must have to add to your collection
Overall I gave the BR 9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first Doctor on Blu-ray September 12, 2009
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A great addition to my collection, especially because of the Blu-ray. The color and brilliance is awesome.

The story was fun, and I liked this side adventure. It is sad that there aren't many more episodes with Tennant, but then again, I am excited about the upcoming new Doctor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love David Tennant December 12, 2009
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I think David Tennant is the best Doctor yet, I will be sad to see him leave. I thought that Michelle Ryan had good chemistry with him in Planet of the Dead, I would have liked to see her as the next companion. I hope they consider her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars First of the 2009 Doctor Who specials January 7, 2012
"Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead" is the first of the 2009 Doctor Who specials, and follows the Christmas 2008 special "The Next Doctor". It is the first Who story available in high definition. Aside from that, "Planet of the Dead" is good but not very special. Compared, for example, to the 2007 Christmas Special "Voyage of the Damned", "Planet of the Dead" has a simpler and less original story, less interesting characters, and less excitement. It's not bad, and I enjoyed watching it, but it's not among the best episodes with the tenth Doctor. Reviewed 8/29/2009 after watching on Blu-ray.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For What It's Worth August 1, 2009
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This isn't the best Doctor Who episode ever and I think that's the problem for a lot of people. With only a single episode gracing our screens for the larger part of a year, I think were expecting something spectacular and amazing. This doesn't meet that bar, but it is a solid and entertaining hour of television.

The story is typical Doctor Who: the Doctor hops onto a bus trying to track a stray wormhole and he bus is thrown into another planet that is complete desert. Aliens lurk behind the Dunes and a strange cloud of objects approaches.

The story isn't as epic as the previous season finales. However, on the positive side, it also a little toned-down from the over-the-top pace that has characterized Davies' tenture on Doctor Who. For once, we take our time in getting to know the characters and the situation before things get crazy.

There are several things that make this episode work for me. First is Michelle Ryan, who is a great companion to the Doctor and who I hope we'll see again down the road. She continues the trend away from the helpless screaming companions, not only proving useful for the plot but matching the Doctor one-liner for one-liner. Second, is Davies' patented ear for character and dialogue. As ridiculous is the situation is (and as loopy as his science is) he always makes me ignore that with strong characters that I come to believe in and care for.

Finally, since this is the first DW episode ever in HD, I'll not that the transfer is spectacular. The desert looks amazing and the F/X stood up just fine on my plasma (although the flying bus looked a little weak). Fortunately, the episode does not try to overload on F/X; it would have had no problem fitting in with the old series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun Doctor Who ride April 14, 2010
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Another special that is a great ride for Doctor Who fans with an one episode apprentice that has an entertaining past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HI-DEF BABY! July 22, 2009
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Been a fan of the show since the early 80's.This is a must have if you are a fan..i have a HD copy from Britain and the detail in the picture quality is GORGEOUS!
It is like seeing it for the first time!Hi Def is the only way to go!! If you are a Who fan this is a must!You will see TONS of detail you were not able to see if you downloaded the sd version.
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